Manilla Road - Mark Of The Beast
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16.10.2015 - 22:14
This is really an interesting album, released in 2002, but recorded over 20 years earlier. The material is pretty unique, especially when it comes to the slower/longer songs, I don't think any Manilla Road album sounds like this, except maybe "Metal" but that's also a bit different. Actually "The Empire" from "Invasion" comes pretty close to what most of these longer songs sound like, but as albums the two aren't close to being similar. So the material isn't quite metal, more like psychedelic rock stuff, I suppose one could call it proto-metal at times when there's some similarities to early heavy metal ("Black Lotus" being an example of that, great song by the way). When it comes to songs, I think this album is definitely the best of the Invasion - Mark of the Beast - Metal -trio. If I was about to "blaze it" songs like "Avatar", "Time Trap" and "Triumvirate" would be on that soundtrack.
While the album appears to be, in my opinion that is, great even after multiple listens, it has to be noted that there are some weaker songs ("Teacher") and unnecessary parts ("Dream Sequence") as well. So, in conclusion, "Mark of the Beast" is not quite one of the best Manilla Road albums, but it comes close and succeeds in having lots of quality material in it.
The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../